Daily Archives: March 23, 2016

One Picture: Lots Of Memories

Last week, our local paper published an article about the library and included a picture of a group of children at story time.

That brought back memories of a library-related newspaper article  when Marshall was a young boy.  So, for “Throwback Thursday” on Facebook last week, I shared the picture that appeared in that article.


“Marshall, 8, looks for one of four books he’s allowed to check out, as his mother looks at his earlier selections.”

It was July, 1988. At that time, our library was located in one of the old homes in town.  There was a shortage of books, especially so during the summer reading program, which was the subject of this article.

Here are some excerpts from the article:

“Marshall is just one of the 254 children participating in the reading program.  Sitting cross-legged on the library floor, his mother peruses the thinning shelves of children’s books, hunting for just the right selections for her 8-year old.

His last choice, “All About Mars” with a picture of the red planet on the cover, satisfies him, and Marshall carts his heavy booty down the well worn stairs. This stack will replace the pile he laid on the counter when he came in.

The reading club alleviates some of the summer boredom, parents say. ‘This gives him something to look forward to,’ (Marshall’s mom) says. ‘When he gets tired of playing outside, he comes in and picks up a book’.”

And here’s a thought that jolted me when I found this newspaper article last week:

When this picture was taken, I was the age that Marshall is now…..

~These Days Of Mine~